Okay, I know that what I'm going to say here is going to make a lot of people mad, but I'm going to say it anyway. It's the truth, what I have to say, and sometimes the truth hurts.
Every time I go into the grocery store, I seem to be surrounded by people who are using food stamps or WIC checks. Now I know that times are difficult and a lot of hard working people just need a little help due to circumstances beyond their control. But can we be serious for a minute?
I have been trained to notice things, and I have noticed at times what these people who are being given free money are buying. I think most of us would love to have T-bone steaks and $25 bags of shrimp for dinner. I'm sure we would love to buy everything brand name. We can't though because we have only the money we earn to spend. We work our butts off so that these people who are being given handouts can have the best of everything. And when it comes to those WIC checks, which I admittedly do not understand how they are obtained, they never seem happy with what they are given - FOR FREE! They stand there with their expensive cell phones and other things that I will not mention and they complain. Here's a question: if you can't afford food for yourself and your children, how can you afford all these extra luxuries. Or are we paying for that, too?
I think I have a solution to these annoyances. There should be separate stores for people who use food stamps and WIC checks. The government can dictate what can be sold there so that they only receive the most basic of necessities. Now I don't like the idea of the government deciding what I can buy, and it shouldn't be able to for those of us who use our own money. But if they are giving it to you, they should have a say in how it is spent. Especially considering it is being taken right out of people's hands. Not only that, having these new businesses would create more jobs for people to obtain so that they might find a way to not need the handouts anymore.
Look, I don't mean to sound like I've got my nose in the air, nor a person who is unsympathetic to the tough times of the day. However, there needs to be boundaries. I have never been well to do, ever, and yet I have managed to never need money from the government. It makes sense. If you cannot afford to have children, do not have any. If you cannot afford the most expensive food, don't buy it.
These rules of life are quite simple if they are followed. Help those who need it, not those who are capable, but too arrogant and lazy to help themselves. And realize when you are being nothing more than a robber.
And to those hard working people who would work non-stop if given the chance, I say God bless you. And He will.
Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer